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Growing Gaillardia

Growing Gaillardia

Arizona Sun Gaillardia

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Hardy, long-blooming perennials with grey-green leaves, a rosetting habit, and brightly colored daisy-like flowers that attract butterflies. Hardy in zones 2 to 10. Can be somewhat short-lived, especially in heavy clay soils. Transplant seedlings or potted plants outdoors after the last frost in spring. Set so the roots are slightly deeper than in the pot. Can also be started from seed by direct sowing in the garden after frost danger or indoors 8 to 10 weeks earlier. Cover seed with ¼ inch of soil. Arizona Gaillardia varieties will flower the first year when started from seed.

Maintenance

For full sun in well-drained soil. Plants are drought-tolerant once established. Deadheading prolongs blooming. Divide plants every 2 to 3 years to maintain vigor.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use full rates of Algoflash Flowering Plant 4-6-7 Liquid Fertilizer (51087), Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221), or Osmocote 14-14-14 (51173).

Alternative Products

Other long-blooming perennials include Coneflower, Rudbeckia, and Salvia.

Complimentary Products

Gaillardia is a moderate feeder and benefits from regularly fertilization. Other perennials that attract butterflies include Butterfly Plant, Garden Phlox, and Liatris.

Gaillardia Facts

Usually free from problems. Aphids, leafhoppers, leaf spot, and powdery mildew sometimes attack plants. Root or stem rot can occur when plants are grown in wet, poorly-drained soils. Hybrid Gaillardia varieties were developed by crossing annual Gaillardia pulchella with the North American native perennial Gaillardia aristata. 

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